Repitition and alliteration aside I challenge you to challenge the children and young people you work with and have contact with. Raise the bar, raise your expectations of what you think they can achieve, raise their expectations of what they think they can do. There is so much focus on helping young people achieve and ensuring “achievement” that I think teachers, youth workers, activity leaders are afraid to challenge because of fear the young people will not achieve.
DO NOT UNDERS ESTIMATE YOUR YOUNG PEOPLE
DO NOT UNDER ESTIMATE YOUR ABILITY TO TEACH THEM SOMETHING NEW
I am inspired to write this after watching Paul Clarke work with two groups doing Streetdance in Huddersfield this past week. I am so impressed with the groups ability to master quite complex choreography and perform it in such a professional manner. Paul CHALLENGED the groups to achieve something by teaching them routines they had to practice to perfect, by showing them that it is ok and normal NOT to be able to do something the first time.
I loved the fact that the choreography was interesting and that moves were not endlessly repeated. How often these days do you see young people perform a routine where on every beat a different move is shown? I am sick of lazy dance school choreography where the troupe repeats the same movement 8 times!!!